Watching THE HUNGER GAMES yesterday as the result of a little game: we’d seen Donald Sutherland in DISCLOSURE playing a slimy billionaire, and thought we’d follow that thread to another film, where he plays a slimy president. He does slimy GREAT.
At any rate, I remembered enjoying these movies well enough in the theater, although I would have felt just a little silly seeing them without Nicki. The thing about movies like this is that at the core of them, there is a vast amount of action, explosions, screaming, plotting, and so forth, but at the core is the “young person grows up” notion. The “at the end of this series Katniss Everdeen becomes the hero of her people” notion, with everything else being steps along the way.
CONFRONTED WITH CHALLENGE: To embrace her power as a hero.
REJECT THE CHALLENGE: She just wants to be left alone, to hunt and lead a meager life in a dominated township.
ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE: When her little sister is chosen to compete in a lethal winner-take-all event, Katniss takes her first step along the Hero Path, volunteering to take her place.
O.K.–that’s the “inciting event”. After that, Katniss only has to remember her sister, or access her own survival drive, or remember the sacrifices of her friends, or her anger at Southerland’s evil president, or her love of Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of dewy-eyed Actors) or whatever, and she has the motivation to survive, and excel, and triumph.
The WHAT is “become the hero”. The WHY arguably covers EVERY chakra: survival, sex, power, love, communication, learning, spiritual commitment.
The “HOW” is four movies that made a combined total of 1.45 BILLION dollars. Every twist, turn, action, sacrifice, solution, and reward, every setback and loss or victory is a step along the road to becoming her true self, a hero of her people.
Katniss woke up every day knowing that if she didn’t move, run, fight, hunt, accomplish and problem-solve…she would DIE.
The illusion we have is that we have all the time in the world to accomplish the things we desire. Heroes are simply people forced by internal or external motivations to ACT. We watch her, and thrill to her clarity of purpose, thinking on some level “I wonder if I could rise to that level, if the circumstances demanded.”
I choose to believe that I could. That YOU could. But you would have to have clarity of purpose, have to develop skills IN ADVANCE of the emergency, and grow the emotional sinew capable of getting up again, and again, and again…
Not because there are armed enemies coming to kill us, but because we know that without that focus, we lose our way in life, and are forced to “settle” for a fraction of the love, joy, health, success, contribution and growth we could have had.
WHAT do you want?
WHY do you want it?
Only then…HOW will you do it?
That’s the syntax. And you need to hammer that in every day, at least partially by looking at the lives of people who DON’T know why they are getting out of bed in the morning (other than avoiding the pain of starvation), or even worse…don’t have any specific goals, just drift from action to action, motivated by that fear, or controlled by those who DO have clear goals.
I get emails, PMs and see posts EVERY DAY by people struggling with their lives. Not ONE of them has the tools I’m discussing. What. Why. How. The energy to push through barriers. A way to control their emotions. A way to make THIS DAY a perfect step along the larger, longer life path.
This is what the MORNING RITUAL is about: every day, becoming “the hero in the adventure of your lifetime.”
You deserve nothing less. If you have ever thrilled to these stories…it is because there is a part of you that sees itself in those actions. Make that part happy, and you access a totally new and powerful chamber of your heart, and life will never be the same again.